"The Return!": In Engine City, Mongul and the Cyborg Superman stage their next plan of attack. With the heavy smoke and fog surrounding the city, nobody knows that they are the true architects of Coast City's destruction. They plan on striking Metropolis nex
- Walking into possible danger in pursuit of a story is good journalism. Walking into a death trap is just plain stupid!
- -- Perry White
Appearing in "The Return!"
Synopsis for "The Return!"
In Engine City, Mongul and the Cyborg Superman stage their next plan of attack. With the heavy smoke and fog surrounding the city, nobody knows that they are the true architects of Coast City's destruction. They plan on striking Metropolis next and transforming it into a second Engine City. Superboy meanwhile, finally breaks free of his shackles by way of a strange form of telekinesis - a power that not even Superman possessed. Weak and tired, he starts flying off to warn the people of Metropolis.
Back in Metropolis, Jeb Friedman continues to console Lois Lane, but Lois' thoughts are elsewhere. She keeps thinking about the Cyborg Superman. There is something about him that doesn't sit right with her, and she begins to suspect that he may not be the real Superman. She goes to Perry's office and tells him that she is going to Coast City. Perry forbids it, but Lois is undeterred.
At the LexCorp Tower, Supergirl flies into Lex's office and tells him that she is going to Coast City. Lex wants to keep her in Metropolis and finds the perfect excuse when he receives word of a giant robot approaching Metropolis. He tells her that this robot poses an immediate threat and that it might even be another "Doomsday". Supergirl flies off to find the robot.
Lois arrives at O'Hara Airport in Oaktown and finds the Man of Steel waiting for her. The two talk about their shared misgivings of the Cyborg Superman. Steel doesn't believe that the Last Son of Krypton is responsible for destroying Coast City as the Cyborg claims. The two look up and see Supergirl soaring past them. Steel follows her to see what she is up to and they encounter the giant robot rising up out of the bay. Supergirl wastes no time and takes the offensive. Steel lends a hand and propels himself straight towards the robot's face plate. Superboy finally arrives in Metropolis as Steel continues to pound at the enemy with his hammer. The robot staggers and ceases to move. Following the fight, Superboy tells the others that the Cyborg Superman and Mongul are the true villains in this debacle and that they plan on striking Metropolis next. Suddenly, a chamber at the bottom of the robot opens and discharges its operator - a being who bears a striking resemblance to Superman. Upon overhearing Mongul's plans to strike the city he barks, "Metropolis --? Over my dead body!"
- This issue is reprinted in the Superman: The Death and Return of Superman omnibus, the Superman: The Return of Superman, as well as the 2016 edition trade paperbacks, and the Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus.
- This issue is triangle #25.
- Superman officially returns to mainstream continuity with this issue.
- A bit of an editing mistake appears in the original print version of this story: during the Man of Steel's fight with a gun-toting street gang, he mentions Engine City before he has even heard from Superboy that Coast City was turned into Engine City. This mistake is corrected in the Superman: The Return of Superman collection, where he now calls it Coast City.
- As a sort of in-joke, Jimmy Olson wears a Spin Doctors T-shirt. The band performed "Jimmy Olson's Blues" on their Pocket Full Of Kryptonite album.
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